The Forward Together Movement Joins with Local Partners to Hold the Next Moral Monday Demonstration in Fayetteville on Monday, Feb. 17

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February 14, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE - Carrying on the momentum of last weekend's Moral March on Raleigh HKonJ People's Assembly, the Forward Together Movement continues to stand up for its five-point moral agenda around North Carolina--this time by holding a MoralMonday rally in Fayetteville.

The Fayetteville/Cumberland Co., Harnett Co., Hoke Co. and Unified Robeson Co. branches of the NAACP, alongside the NAACP College Chapter at Fayetteville State University and a number of coalition partner organizations, are organizing the demonstration to protest against the cruel policies pushed onto struggling North Carolinians by extremists in the General Assembly in 2013.

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The Forward Together Moral Movement, Led by the NC NAACP, Brings Upwards of 80,000 People to Raleigh for a Moral March to Advance a Progressive Agenda

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February 12, 2014

Estimates of upwards of 80,000 people participated in the 8th annual gathering of the People's Coalition to fight for a progressive agenda for all people of North Carolina. We called it the "Moral March on Raleigh" this year in honor of the 945 people who were arrested at Moral Mondays last summer, and the tens of thousands of people who were awakened by this moral movement.

Historians tell us it was the largest and most focused multi-racial gathering ever held in the South. Those that were there will never forget singing "We Shall Overcome" and the sun coming out for the first time as we finished singing "we are not afraid." 

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Latest Attack by Extremists Is More Smoke and Mirrors to Distort the Facts, and Deflect from the Extreme Policies They Cannot Defend

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February 10, 2014 

It is ridiculous, but typical, that the primary Republican response to Saturday's Moral March on Raleigh has been to once again deflect from the issues and to distort the Forward Together Moral Movement. Rather than debating us on their regressive public policies - policies that activated upwards of 80,000 North Carolinians to unite at the state capitol last weekend in continued mass protest - extremists in the legislature are instead trying to divert attention by misrepresenting a standard event flyer.

Throughout the North Carolina NAACP's long history of peaceful, nonviolent direct action, people who are opposed to our principles have often challenged our demonstrations with violence and other disruptions. To prepare participants, we have always recommended various security measures, including looking out for the elderly, remaining calm in the face of any altercation and bringing a photo ID for safety reasons. Photo ID is not required to participate in marches or other direct actions, and event officials have never checked for ID. To suggest otherwise is more of the same smoke and mirrors from lawmakers who pass vicious, unconstitutional policies that they simply cannot defend.

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Moral March on Raleigh News Release

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February 7, 2014 

The Forward Together Moral Movement and the NC NAACP Prepare to March-Rain or Shine-for Their Five-Point Moral Agenda and Against Extremist Policies that Hurt North Carolina's Most Vulnerable 

RALEIGH - With less than 24 hours left between the Forward Together Moral Movement and its historic demonstration in Raleigh, the NC NAACP and its more than 170 coalition partners are gearing up for a full day of demonstration and fellowship in the state capitol. 

Tens of thousands of people are expected to descend on Raleigh tomorrow morning to protest the cruel policies passed by Speaker Tom Tillis, Senate Leader Phil Berger, Budget Director Art Pope and their followers and then signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory.

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Moral March on Raleigh Mobilization Conference Call

All HKonJ Coalition Partners, NC NAACP State Executive Committee Members, Local Branch Presidents & Executive Committee Members, and Movement Supporters are invited to join the

7 Days Out!  Mobilizing for the Moral March Conference Call 

This important conference call is scheduled for

Saturday, February 1st at 9:00 PM 

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NC NAACP to Implement Five New Initiatives to Fight for Fair Representation and Democratic Participation in North Carolina

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January 22, 2014 

RALEIGH - 

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II opened the NC NAACP's annual winter conference on Jan. 25 by declaring that its members were prepared to oppose any attempt by government officials to deny an equal voice and fair representation to the people of North Carolina - whether that involves tens of thousands of feet marching in protest through Raleigh on Feb. 8 or legal challenges in the courts.

"We are continuously witnessing last-ditch efforts by those who are in power to block the will of the people," Dr. Barber said. "The North Carolina NAACP, the people of North Carolina, say today that we will never stand by as justice is delayed. Because justice delayed is justice denied."

 

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The Collapse of the State's Case Against Moral Monday Protesters

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January 22, 2014 

RALEIGH - This morning, January 22nd, in Wake County District Court, after failing to get a conviction on any of the defendants it accused and tried, the District Attorney's office announced it was dismissing all charges against 57 protesters who were arrested and charged with three separate offenses on May 20, 2013, when they tried to petition the government and instruct their representatives about their grievances against the cruel and unconstitutional  policies that the NC General Assembly was putting in our state law books.

The volunteer lawyers representing the Moral Monday arrestees are working with the District Attorney's office this afternoon to be sure all 57 of those who were arrested will have their cases dismissed and their records expunged.

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NC NAACP Responds to "The Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014"

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January 17, 2014

DURHAM - While the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP appreciates the fact that a bipartisan effort has been made to amend and update the 1965 Voting Rights Act, we have some serious concerns and objections to the proposal which has just been introduced in the U.S. Congress. On January 16, 2014, Congressmen John Conyers (D-MI), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and other co-sponsors introduced legislation which is intended to replace Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. This provision was declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in its recent Shelby County v. Holder decision. That decision had the effect of gutting the Section 5 pre-clearance mandate of the Voting Rights Act. Since 1965, the Section 5 mandate had been successfully used by the United States Department of Justice and Civil Rights organizations to prevent covered jurisdictions from enacting voting laws and regulations which had the effect of discriminating against racial minorities.

A preliminary examination of the proposed provisions of this legislation convinces us that it falls woefully short of what is needed to protect all people from race-based efforts to curtail the voting potential of people of color. We certainly see this proposal as a starting point, there is much work to be done before these provisions can be deemed to be equivalent to the protections which Section 5 provided over the years.

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NC NAACP Statement on the Death of Franklin McCain

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January 16, 2014

     We in the NC NAACP family honor Franklin McCain. We are all students of Brother McCain. We believe the question of morality--of the teachings of justice and love from the great scriptures--is always the primary question in our lives and our politics.
 
     On February 1st, 1960, McCain, along with three other NC A&T students, walked to the Woolworth's store about a mile from the A&T campus, bought some school supplies, put their receipts in their pockets to show they had paid money to the store, and then went to the lunch counter. The young men were not served.  And the rest is history. Sitting in with McCain was Ezell Blair Jr., who is now Jibreel Khazan, Joseph McNeil, and David Richmond.  Richmond died in 1990. 
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NC NAACP Responds to Governor's Decision to Delay Special Election for 12th District

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10 January 2014 

RALEIGH - The North Carolina NAACP State Conference today spoke out against North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory's recent announcement of a Writ of Election that would postpone until November the special election for the state's now vacant 12th Congressional District, causing an undue delay in the election against state precedent. More than 700,000 North Carolinians live in the 'majority-minority' district.

"Under Governor McCrory's plan announced earlier this week, citizens of North Carolina will be forced to go more than 300 days without their constitutionally guaranteed right to representation. While the Congress debates the Farm Bill, budget issues, immigration reform, historic national security issues, and the future of Section 4 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act itself, the 12th District -- comprised of citizens of North Carolina from all walks of life: Black, Latino, White, poor and rich, hard-working democrats, republicans, and independents-- will be without a voice," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II. 

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